Mids Play Host to 35th Annual Navy Spring Golf Invitational
April 17, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy golf team will be back in action this weekend when it plays host to the 35th edition of the Navy Spring Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the par-71 Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis.
Three squads will represent Navy — Blue, Gold and White — in the 18-team tournament, along with Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Delaware, Drexel, Emory, Lafayette, Lehigh, LIU-Brooklyn, Penn, Saint Francis, Saint Joseph’s, Siena and Towson.
In the 34 years the Navy Spring Invitational has been played, 19 different schools have claimed the team title. Meanwhile, over the last 17 years, 12 different schools have won the team crown, including Navy (2003-06-08-10), Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (2004-09) and Penn (2012-13) who are the three institutions to win the tournament multiple times over that stretch. Navy and Penn are the only two teams among this year’s field who have previously won the Navy Spring Invitational.
A year ago, the Midshipmen struggled to find success on the greens over the final 18 holes and slipped from the top of the leader board to a tie for seventh with a 41-over par 609. Meanwhile, Virginia and Penn finished in a tie for the team title, but the Quakers were declared the champions after winning the playoff. Penn, who also won the 2012 Navy Spring Golf Invitational, is just the sixth team in the 34-year history of the event to take the team title multiple times, joining Navy (1995-03-06-08-10), Temple (1981-82-85-87-89), Maryland (1979-83-86-92), Penn State (1994-96-97) and Johnson & Wales (2004-09).
This weekend’s tournament also provides a bit of a sneak peek at the 2014 Patriot League Golf Championship which will be held next weekend at West Point. Five of the eight teams competing for the conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Golf Regionals will be participating in the Navy Spring Invitational, while both Army is playing at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa., Loyola is at the Wolfpack Spring Open in Raleigh, N.C. and Holy Cross at the Yale Spring Open in New Haven, Conn.
The Midshipmen have participated in four events this spring, kicking off the season on Feb. 24 at the Snowman Getaway in Goodyear, Ariz., where junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) paced the team with an even-par 216 to finish in 31st. Navy then played in a pair of tournaments over the span of the week, placing third at the Bulldog Florida Invitational with a 59-over par 635, followed by a 12th-place effort at the Seahawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, N.C. where the final round was called due to inclement weather. Sophomore David Won (Bothell, Wash.) played the best tournament of his young career at the Bulldog Florida Invitational where he carded an 11-over par 155 to finish seventh, while senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) led the way for the Mids at the Seahawk Intercollegiate with an 11-over par 155 to place 54th. Last weekend Navy placed 13th at the Princeton Invtiational where Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) was atop the Mids’ leader board with an 8-over par 221 to finish 35th.
Heading into the weekend, Jonas owns the Mids’ low stroke average (74.48) among the 21 rounds of action he has seen this season, while Selby owns a 76.33 stroke average over 21 rounds and House has played 18 rounds with a 77.22 average.
Rounds are slated to begin at 8:30 am on both days.
### Go Navy ###